Speeches (Lines) for Vincentio
in "Measure for Measure"

Total: 194

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1

I,1,3

Escalus.

2

I,1,5

Of government the properties to unfold,
Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse;...

3

I,1,29

Look where he comes.

4

I,1,33

Angelo,
There is a kind of character in thy life,...

5

I,1,59

No more evasion:
We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice...

6

I,1,72

My haste may not admit it;
Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do...

7

I,1,85

I thank you. Fare you well.

8

I,3,290

No, holy father; throw away that thought;
Believe not that the dribbling dart of love...

9

I,3,297

My holy sir, none better knows than you
How I have ever loved the life removed...

10

I,3,309

We have strict statutes and most biting laws.
The needful bits and curbs to headstrong weeds,...

11

I,3,326

I do fear, too dreadful:
Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope,...

12

II,3,965

Hail to you, provost! so I think you are.

13

II,3,967

Bound by my charity and my blest order,
I come to visit the afflicted spirits...

14

II,3,981

When must he die?

15

II,3,986

Repent you, fair one, of the sin you carry?

16

II,3,988

I'll teach you how you shall arraign your conscience,
And try your penitence, if it be sound,...

17

II,3,992

Love you the man that wrong'd you?

18

II,3,994

So then it seems your most offenceful act
Was mutually committed?

19

II,3,997

Then was your sin of heavier kind than his.

20

II,3,999

'Tis meet so, daughter: but lest you do repent,
As that the sin hath brought you to this shame,...

21

II,3,1006

There rest.
Your partner, as I hear, must die to-morrow,...

22

III,1,1223

So then you hope of pardon from Lord Angelo?

23

III,1,1227

Be absolute for death; either death or life
Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with life:...

24

III,1,1269

Dear sir, ere long I'll visit you again.

25

III,1,1274

Provost, a word with you.

26

III,1,1276

Bring me to hear them speak, where I may be concealed.

27

III,1,1392

Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one word.

28

III,1,1394

Might you dispense with your leisure, I would by and
by have some speech with you: the satisfaction I...

29

III,1,1400

Son, I have overheard what hath passed between you
and your sister. Angelo had never the purpose to...

30

III,1,1413

Hold you there: farewell.
[Exit CLAUDIO]...

31

III,1,1418

That now you are come, you will be gone. Leave me
awhile with the maid: my mind promises with my...

32

III,1,1423

The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good:
the goodness that is cheap in beauty makes beauty...

33

III,1,1438

That shall not be much amiss: Yet, as the matter
now stands, he will avoid your accusation; he made...

34

III,1,1451

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. Have
you not heard speak of Mariana, the sister of...

35

III,1,1455

She should this Angelo have married; was affianced
to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed: between...

36

III,1,1467

Left her in her tears, and dried not one of them
with his comfort; swallowed his vows whole,...

37

III,1,1476

It is a rupture that you may easily heal: and the
cure of it not only saves your brother, but keeps...

38

III,1,1480

This forenamed maid hath yet in her the continuance
of her first affection: his unjust unkindness, that...

39

III,1,1503

It lies much in your holding up. Haste you speedily
to Angelo: if for this night he entreat you to his...

40

III,2,1517

O heavens! what stuff is here

41

III,2,1524

And you, good brother father. What offence hath
this man made you, sir?

42

III,2,1530

Fie, sirrah! a bawd, a wicked bawd!
The evil that thou causest to be done,...

43

III,2,1541

Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs for sin,
Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, officer:...

44

III,2,1549

That we were all, as some would seem to be,
From our faults, as faults from seeming, free!

45

III,2,1565

Still thus, and thus; still worse!

46

III,2,1589

And you.

47

III,2,1599

I know none. Can you tell me of any?

48

III,2,1602

I know not where; but wheresoever, I wish him well.

49

III,2,1607

He does well in 't.

50

III,2,1610

It is too general a vice, and severity must cure it.

51

III,2,1617

How should he be made, then?

52

III,2,1623

You are pleasant, sir, and speak apace.

53

III,2,1631

I never heard the absent duke much detected for
women; he was not inclined that way.

54

III,2,1634

'Tis not possible.

55

III,2,1639

You do him wrong, surely.

56

III,2,1643

What, I prithee, might be the cause?

57

III,2,1648

Wise! why, no question but he was.

58

III,2,1650

Either this is the envy in you, folly, or mistaking:
the very stream of his life and the business he hath...

59

III,2,1659

Love talks with better knowledge, and knowledge with
dearer love.

60

III,2,1662

I can hardly believe that, since you know not what
you speak. But, if ever the duke return, as our...

61

III,2,1669

He shall know you better, sir, if I may live to
report you.

62

III,2,1672

O, you hope the duke will return no more; or you
imagine me too unhurtful an opposite. But indeed I...

63

III,2,1678

Why should he die, sir?

64

III,2,1693

No might nor greatness in mortality
Can censure 'scape; back-wounding calumny...

65

III,2,1724

Bliss and goodness on you!

66

III,2,1726

Not of this country, though my chance is now
To use it for my time: I am a brother...

67

III,2,1731

None, but that there is so great a fever on
goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it:...

68

III,2,1743

What pleasure was he given to?

69

III,2,1751

He professes to have received no sinister measure
from his judge, but most willingly humbles himself...

70

III,2,1764

If his own life answer the straitness of his
proceeding, it shall become him well; wherein if he...

71

III,2,1768

Peace be with you!
[Exeunt ESCALUS and Provost]...

72

IV,1,1810

'Tis good; though music oft hath such a charm
To make bad good, and good provoke to harm....

73

IV,1,1818

I do constantly believe you. The time is come even
now. I shall crave your forbearance a little: may...

74

IV,1,1823

Very well met, and well come.
What is the news from this good deputy?

75

IV,1,1834

But shall you on your knowledge find this way?

76

IV,1,1839

Are there no other tokens
Between you 'greed concerning her observance?

77

IV,1,1847

'Tis well borne up.
I have not yet made known to Mariana...

78

IV,1,1854

Do you persuade yourself that I respect you?

79

IV,1,1856

Take, then, this your companion by the hand,
Who hath a story ready for your ear....

80

IV,1,1862

O place and greatness! millions of false eyes
Are stuck upon thee: volumes of report...

81

IV,1,1872

It is not my consent,
But my entreaty too.

82

IV,1,1878

Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all.
He is your husband on a pre-contract:...

83

IV,2,1965

The best and wholesomest spirts of the night
Envelope you, good Provost! Who call'd here of late?

84

IV,2,1968

Not Isabel?

85

IV,2,1970

They will, then, ere't be long.

86

IV,2,1972

There's some in hope.

87

IV,2,1974

Not so, not so; his life is parallel'd
Even with the stroke and line of his great justice:...

88

IV,2,1992

Have you no countermand for Claudio yet,
But he must die to-morrow?

89

IV,2,1995

As near the dawning, provost, as it is,
You shall hear more ere morning.

90

IV,2,2005

And here comes Claudio's pardon.

91

IV,2,2014

[Aside] This is his pardon, purchased by such sin
For which the pardoner himself is in....

92

IV,2,2024

Pray you, let's hear.

93

IV,2,2034

What is that Barnardine who is to be executed in the
afternoon?

94

IV,2,2038

How came it that the absent duke had not either
delivered him to his liberty or executed him? I...

95

IV,2,2044

It is now apparent?

96

IV,2,2046

Hath he born himself penitently in prison? how
seems he to be touched?

97

IV,2,2052

He wants advice.

98

IV,2,2059

More of him anon. There is written in your brow,
provost, honesty and constancy: if I read it not...

99

IV,2,2070

In the delaying death.

100

IV,2,2075

By the vow of mine order I warrant you, if my
instructions may be your guide. Let this Barnardine...

101

IV,2,2079

O, death's a great disguiser; and you may add to it.
Shave the head, and tie the beard; and say it was...

102

IV,2,2087

Were you sworn to the duke, or to the deputy?

103

IV,2,2089

You will think you have made no offence, if the duke
avouch the justice of your dealing?

104

IV,2,2092

Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet since I see
you fearful, that neither my coat, integrity, nor...

105

IV,2,2100

The contents of this is the return of the duke: you
shall anon over-read it at your pleasure; where you...

106

IV,3,2165

Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing how hastily
you are to depart, I am come to advise you, comfort...

107

IV,3,2172

O, sir, you must: and therefore I beseech you
Look forward on the journey you shall go.

108

IV,3,2176

But hear you.

109

IV,3,2180

Unfit to live or die: O gravel heart!
After him, fellows; bring him to the block.

110

IV,3,2185

A creature unprepared, unmeet for death;
And to transport him in the mind he is...

111

IV,3,2196

O, 'tis an accident that heaven provides!
Dispatch it presently; the hour draws on...

112

IV,3,2206

Let this be done.
Put them in secret holds, both Barnardine and Claudio:...

113

IV,3,2212

Quick, dispatch, and send the head to Angelo.
[Exit Provost]...

114

IV,3,2225

Convenient is it. Make a swift return;
For I would commune with you of such things...

115

IV,3,2231

The tongue of Isabel. She's come to know
If yet her brother's pardon be come hither:...

116

IV,3,2238

Good morning to you, fair and gracious daughter.

117

IV,3,2241

He hath released him, Isabel, from the world:
His head is off and sent to Angelo.

118

IV,3,2244

It is no other: show your wisdom, daughter,
In your close patience.

119

IV,3,2247

You shall not be admitted to his sight.

120

IV,3,2250

This nor hurts him nor profits you a jot;
Forbear it therefore; give your cause to heaven....

121

IV,3,2265

This letter, then, to Friar Peter give;
'Tis that he sent me of the duke's return:...

122

IV,3,2279

Not within, sir.

123

IV,3,2289

Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholding to your
reports; but the best is, he lives not in them.

124

IV,3,2293

Well, you'll answer this one day. Fare ye well.

125

IV,3,2296

You have told me too many of him already, sir, if
they be true; if not true, none were enough.

126

IV,3,2299

Did you such a thing?

127

IV,3,2302

Sir, your company is fairer than honest. Rest you well.

128

IV,5,2345

These letters at fit time deliver me
[Giving letters]...

129

IV,5,2359

I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good haste:
Come, we will walk. There's other of our friends...

130

V,1,2387

My very worthy cousin, fairly met!
Our old and faithful friend, we are glad to see you.

131

V,1,2390

Many and hearty thankings to you both.
We have made inquiry of you; and we hear...

132

V,1,2396

O, your desert speaks loud; and I should wrong it,
To lock it in the wards of covert bosom,...

133

V,1,2414

Relate your wrongs; in what? by whom? be brief.
Here is Lord Angelo shall give you justice:...

134

V,1,2433

Nay, it is ten times strange.

135

V,1,2438

Away with her! Poor soul,
She speaks this in the infirmity of sense.

136

V,1,2452

By mine honesty,
If she be mad,—as I believe no other,—...

137

V,1,2462

Many that are not mad
Have, sure, more lack of reason. What would you say?

138

V,1,2475

You were not bid to speak.

139

V,1,2478

I wish you now, then;
Pray you, take note of it: and when you have...

140

V,1,2483

The warrants for yourself; take heed to't.

141

V,1,2486

It may be right; but you are i' the wrong
To speak before your time. Proceed.

142

V,1,2490

That's somewhat madly spoken.

143

V,1,2493

Mended again. The matter; proceed.

144

V,1,2506

This is most likely!

145

V,1,2508

By heaven, fond wretch, thou knowist not what thou speak'st,
Or else thou art suborn'd against his honour...

146

V,1,2524

I know you'ld fain be gone. An officer!
To prison with her! Shall we thus permit...

147

V,1,2530

A ghostly father, belike. Who knows that Lodowick?

148

V,1,2535

Words against me? this is a good friar, belike!
And to set on this wretched woman here...

149

V,1,2547

We did believe no less.
Know you that Friar Lodowick that she speaks of?

150

V,1,2568

Good friar, let's hear it.
[ISABELLA is carried off guarded; and MARIANA comes forward]...

151

V,1,2578

What, are you married?

152

V,1,2580

Are you a maid?

153

V,1,2582

A widow, then?

154

V,1,2584

Why, you are nothing then: neither maid, widow, nor wife?

155

V,1,2587

Silence that fellow: I would he had some cause
To prattle for himself.

156

V,1,2595

For the benefit of silence, would thou wert so too!

157

V,1,2597

This is no witness for Lord Angelo.

158

V,1,2606

No? you say your husband.

159

V,1,2620

Know you this woman?

160

V,1,2622

Sirrah, no more!

161

V,1,2650

Ay, with my heart
And punish them to your height of pleasure....

162

V,1,2665

Go do it instantly.
[Exit Provost]...

163

V,1,2706

'Tis false.

164

V,1,2708

Respect to your great place! and let the devil
Be sometime honour'd for his burning throne!...

165

V,1,2713

Boldly, at least. But, O, poor souls,
Come you to seek the lamb here of the fox?...

166

V,1,2730

Be not so hot; the duke
Dare no more stretch this finger of mine than he...

167

V,1,2745

I remember you, sir, by the sound of your voice: I
met you at the prison, in the absence of the duke.

168

V,1,2748

Most notedly, sir.

169

V,1,2751

You must, sir, change persons with me, ere you make
that my report: you, indeed, spoke so of him; and...

170

V,1,2756

I protest I love the duke as I love myself.

171

V,1,2764

[To Provost] Stay, sir; stay awhile.

172

V,1,2772

Thou art the first knave that e'er madest a duke.
First, provost, let me bail these gentle three....

173

V,1,2778

[To ESCALUS] What you have spoke I pardon: sit you down:
We'll borrow place of him....

174

V,1,2794

Come hither, Mariana.
Say, wast thou e'er contracted to this woman?

175

V,1,2797

Go take her hence, and marry her instantly.
Do you the office, friar; which consummate,...

176

V,1,2803

Come hither, Isabel.
Your friar is now your prince: as I was then...

177

V,1,2811

You are pardon'd, Isabel:
And now, dear maid, be you as free to us....

178

V,1,2826

For this new-married man approaching here,
Whose salt imagination yet hath wrong'd...

179

V,1,2845

It is your husband mock'd you with a husband.
Consenting to the safeguard of your honour,...

180

V,1,2855

Never crave him; we are definitive.

181

V,1,2858

You do but lose your labour.
Away with him to death!...

182

V,1,2865

Against all sense you do importune her:
Should she kneel down in mercy of this fact,...

183

V,1,2876

He dies for Claudio's death.

184

V,1,2891

Your suit's unprofitable; stand up, I say.
I have bethought me of another fault....

185

V,1,2896

Had you a special warrant for the deed?

186

V,1,2898

For which I do discharge you of your office:
Give up your keys.

187

V,1,2906

What's he?

188

V,1,2908

I would thou hadst done so by Claudio.
Go fetch him hither; let me look upon him.

189

V,1,2921

Which is that Barnardine?

190

V,1,2923

There was a friar told me of this man.
Sirrah, thou art said to have a stubborn soul....

191

V,1,2935

[To ISABELLA] If he be like your brother, for his sake
Is he pardon'd; and, for your lovely sake,...

192

V,1,2953

Whipt first, sir, and hanged after.
Proclaim it, provost, round about the city....

193

V,1,2963

Upon mine honour, thou shalt marry her.
Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal...

194

V,1,2969

Slandering a prince deserves it.
[Exit Officers with LUCIO]...

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